MapleStory (Korean: 메이플 스토리) is a free, 2D, side-scrolling MMORPG developed by the Korean company Wizet.
Several versions of the game are available for specific countries or
regions, and each is published by various companies such as Nexon (NexonKorea, NexonChina, and NexonJapan), NXGames, Shanda, AsiaSoft, and Gamania. Although gameplay is free, many player appearances and gameplay enhancements can be purchased from the "Cash Shop" with actual currency. MapleStory has a combined total of over 47 million players in all of its versions. MapleStory Global, for players mainly outside of East Asia and Southeast Asia, has over one million players.
In the game, players defend the "Maple World" from monsters and develop their character's skills and abilities, as in a typical role-playing game. Players can interact with others in many ways, such as through chatting, trading, and playing minigames.
Groups of players can ally together in "parties" to hunt monsters and
share the rewards, or they can band together under a common name in a guild.